Visiting Lecturer in Southeast Asian Art
Research Associate, SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies
- Dr Joanna Wolfarth
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Joanna Wolfarth is a specialist in Southeast Asian cultural history, with a specific focus on Cambodia. She holds a PhD from the University of Leeds in History of Art. Her thesis interrogated multiple manifestations of divine-royal power, primarily the four-faced architectural-sculptural configurations that comprise the Bayon temple, built by the first Buddhist king of Cambodia in the twelfth century. More recent research has explored the interactions between pre-modern and contemporary visual cultures via questions of archive, citation, materiality and power. This includes writing on contemporary photographic practices and the reuse and digital manipulation of archival images in creating national and individual narratives in Cambodia. Her work has been published in Udaya, The Trans Asia Photography Review and Southeast of Now. In 2019, she co-edited a special issue of Southeast of Now on the theme of ‘archive’, stemming from a conference she co-organised at SOAS in 2017. She is currently working on her first book.
She also has over fifteen years of experience in research-led work in the non-profit and cultural sectors, specialising in development, and research standards and ethics.